On This Day in History for October 23
Events in History
- 42 BC Roman Republican civil wars: Second Battle of Philippi - Brutus's army is decisively defeated by Mark Antony and Octavian. Brutus commits suicide.
- 425 Valentinian III is elevated to Roman Emperor, at the age of 6
- 502 The Synodus Palmaris, called by Gothic king Theodoric the Great, discharges Pope Symmachus of all charges, thus ending the schism of Antipope Laurentius.
- 585 Burgundy king Guntram opens synod of Mâcon (Mastico)
- 787 Byzantine empress Irene recovers Iconoclastic cult at Nicaea
- 1086 Battle of az-Zallaqah: Almoravid army of Yusuf ibn Tashfin defeats the forces of Castilian King Alfonso VI
- 1091 Tornado (possible T8/F4) strikes the heart of London killing two and demolishing the wooden London Bridge (OS 17 Oct)
- 1157 The Battle of Grathe Heath ends the civil war in Denmark. King Sweyn III is killed and Valdemar I restores the country.
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Weddings in History
- 1938 SS Officer Amon Göth (29) weds Anny Geiger in a civil ceremony
- 1943 55th UK Prime Minister David Lloyd George (80) weds second wife Frances Stevenson
- 1996 American caricaturist Al Hirshfeld (93) weds Louise Kerz
More Weddings in History
October in History
Jumping Jacques Makes First Parachute DescentDaredevil André-Jacques Garnerin took to the sky in a hydrogen balloon on this day and after cutting himself adrift performed the first ‘parachute’ descent.
October 22, 1797
Test of Time for the Date of CreationThe assertion by a 17th Century bishop that the universe was created on this day in the year 4004 BC was put to the test in a famous trial in the United States.
October 23, 4004 BC
Women's Suffrage March on Fifth Ave, New York25,000 women march in New York City demanding right to vote
October 23, 1915
The 17 Year-Old Witness to the Eruption of Vesuvius17 year-old Pliny the Younger's account of the eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii made the event famous long after Pompeii was buried and forgotten.
October 24, 79 AD